Softball Defeats No. 10 Georgia
Feb. 12, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - NC State (3-1) defeated No. 10 Georgia (3-1) today in the final game of the Red and Black Showcase by a score of 3-2.
Emily Weiman threw an impressive game for the Wolfpack in the circle, surrendering two runs off of four hits. She struck out 12 in the victory, a career high.
Toni Ann Williford led off the game for NC State with a base hit, but Georgia starter Morgan Monetmayor retired the next three Wolfpack hitters in order.
Georgia capitalized on two walks and one Wolfpack error in the bottom of the first, putting one run on the board to take a 1-0 lead. Weiman put an end to the Bulldog rally by striking out the final two batters of the inning.
The Pack's first batter of the second inning, Leah Jones, reached on a Bulldog error, but NC State was unable to capitalize on the opportunity, and the score remained 1-0 going into the bottom of the second frame.
Ashley Pauly notched an RBI double in the second inning to increase the Georgia lead to 2-0.
Weiman struck out the side in the fourth, holding the Bulldog lead at 2-0.
Heading into the sixth inning, Georgia still held a 2-0 advantage over the Pack.
Williford was hit by a pitch to start the sixth inning and advanced to third after back-to-back ground balls by State. The next batter, Bethaney Wells, lined a single into the outfield to plate Williford and bring the Wolfpack within one run, 2-1.
Weiman and the Wolfpack defense again retired the Bulldogs in order in the sixth inning.
Grant led off the seventh inning with a single and moved into scoring position thanks to a Caitlin Dent sacrifice bunt. Mansilla then reached on a dropped third strike. The next batter, Scout Albertson, torched a double to plate Grant and Mansilla. Heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Pack held a 3-2 lead over Georgia.
Georgia's first hitter of the seventh reached base on a single, but Weiman was able to fan the next two batters before Anna Swafford drew a two-out walk to put runners on first and second. Weiman then induced a ground ball from Ashley Pauly, securing State's 3-2 victory.
State softball returns to action Feb. 17 at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time versus UTSA in College Station, Texas.